Longtime SSU Golf Coach Retires
Art Gelow, Savannah State University’s longtime men’s and women’s golf coach has called it quits. Gelow’s last day with SSU was August 31.
Gelow was hired in February 2002 by former SSU athletic director Hank Ford.
Since coming to Savannah State, Gelow states that his teams have claimed 33 Division I golf tournament titles. Since 2011, SSU has finished in the top five at the PGA National Minority Championships eight times. He coached one golfer Cedomir Ilic to the first PGA National Minority Championship in the history of Savannah State in 2012. Illic, who played professionally in Serbia, is now a assistant golf pro at Colleton River Plantation Club in Bluffton, South Carolina.
During his tenure at SSU, he had at least a dozen former players play golf on some type of professional level. Gelow is also proud of what his players accomplished off the greens. “We graduated about 94 percent of the kids that players for us,” he said.
As a professional golf player, Gelow played tour golf for 13 years, winning over 40 times all over the country in Southeast Senior Tour. He won the Saginaw Golf Invitational “Best Ball” four times.
Prior to Savannah State, Gelow coached basketball North Dakota State University, North Dakota State Junior College, and Delta College for 15 years, where he posted an overall record of 231-93. Along with basketball, he also coached golf at Delta College and North Dakota State University for 10 years.
Gelow was a three-sport all-star in high school at Arthur Hill High School in Saginaw, Michigan including track & field, football, and basketball. As the starting football (1961- 63) and basketball player, he earned All-Conference, All-State, and set records for both sports. He was inducted into the Saginaw Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.
He was recruited by over 100 colleges, committing to play basketball at The University of South Dakota. Gelow set a career scoring record (1,115 points) at South Dakota and was named All-Conference, and All American. He led the nation in free throw accuracy shooting at 93 percent. Gelow was named to South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame in 1992.
Gelow received a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota in 1969, and later earned a master’s degree from North Dakota State.
A national search is underway to find Gelow’s replacement. Christopher Miller is currently the SSU golf program manager.
Pough Gets Contract Extension
South Carolina State head football coach Oliver “Buddy” Pough has been granted a one-year extension, according to Bulldog athletics director Stacy Danley. The SCSU Board of Trustees approved the contract during a meeting on December 2.
Pough, whose contract was set to expire Dec. 31 of this year, is now under contract until Dec. 31, 2021. All other terms of the agreement remain the same, according to Danley.
An Orangeburg native and Bulldog alumnus, Pough is in his 18th season as the SC State head coach. He became the Bulldogs’ winningest football coach during the 2019 campaign, in which he compiled an 8-3 overall mark and a 6-2 MEAC record to tie for the league title. Pough’s teams have won or tied for the MEAC championship seven times during his tenure, the longest of any current MEAC coach.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to continue to work with Coach Pough,” Danley said. “I am happy wirh the direction the program is going and look forward to the team competing this spring and in the fall.”
“I appreciate the confidence the board, the president and Mr. Danley have demonstrated in me and my staff,” Pough said of the extension. “I’m just looking forward to getting back on the field. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, it’s been a long time since we have had the opportunity to play.”
Turner Earns All Conference Honors
Savannah, Georgia native Calvin Turner was one of seven University of Hawai’i football student athletes recognized by the Mountain West on the all-conference teams as selected by a panel of media and head coaches. Turner was named to the Mountain West second team as a wide receiver.
The former New Hampstead High School star is the team leader in touchdowns scored (9), receiving yards (458), kickoff return yards (220), and all-purpose yards (949). He is also the team’s third-leading rusher (271) and averages 10.9 yards per touch. The son of Calvin and Ramona Turner has three of the longest plays from scrimmage, including two 70+-yard receptions.
The University of Hawai’i football team will face the University of Houston in the 2020 New Mexico Bowl on Christmas Eve. Kickoff is 3:30 p.m. at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. The contest can be seen on ESPN.